Erasure Poem of a Quote from Angie’s List CEO Scott Durchslag

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

 

A transformative moment

we completed quietly, moved

our existing demand. Today

 

I am impressed, enthusiastic

and delighted with the dropping

of key members. Unique visits,

 

unique searching, these early days

the data is very encouraging. It is

a critical milestone in executing our profit.

 

 * * *

 

Angie's List CEO Scott Durchslag

Note: This is a found poem inspired by one previous employee’s night of insomnia after being laid off. The words in this erasure poem come from a quote that Angie’s List CEO Scott Durchslag purportedly said in a July 13, 2016, press release. The accompanying photos—many will be surprised to learn—are not from the press release, although the company can feel free to use them however they please. Which some would say is common practice. Nor is the title a piece of the press release. You will remember (unless you’ve developed convenient-onset amnesia, otherwise known as Giuliani’s Disease) that a silly white guy announced these words soon after starting one of the longest wars in American history.

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